A relatively precise image of an ocular migraine aura.

This morning I got up and saw a crescent shaped prism right before my eyes. When I closed them, it was still there. This has happened to me only as soon as prior to – the prism grew till I could not see, setting up a huge anxiety attack and a journey to the ER. All I could picture was “brain growth.”

After thousands of dollars in tests and an extreme three-day headache, I was informed I experienced what’s referred to as an ocular migraine headache. Both of my encounters with these visual disruptions were one sided, pain-free and unexpected in their onset. Both began as a little reflective prism-like arc in the corner of my vision field.

Most ocular migraines, likewise called optical migraines or migraines with aura, entirely disappear within 20-60 minutes. My first begun in the corner of my eye while I was driving and began to spread so swiftly I pulled over to the side of the road. The fact that I was literally blinded while driving set me into air travel mode – as it’s tough to combat when you can’t see! My heart rate and blood pressure increased, my ability to obtain a grip, not to mention my reasonable decision making capability tanked, and I found myself flashing on my last words to my kids and my partner. It was frightening.

After the ER and the 72 hour headache of champs, I did a bit of study and discovered that migraine headaches, with or without visual disruptions, have a range of possible causes including: opthalmic concerns, food activates (allergies or level of sensitivities to additives, sweeteners, caffeine, chocolate – gasp!, and so on), smells, light, sleep starvation, emotional tension, and muscular stress in the upper body, specifically the levator scapulae, SCM, scalenes, upper trapezius, sub-occipital extensors, and pectoralis significant and minor.

There exists a classification of headache that I indicate when acknowledging my own experience. The Cervicogenic Headache (CGH) generally happens due to nerve, joint and muscular problems associated with the cervical spine, particularly C1 – C3. Sensory input from the roots of the nerves in this location literally make pain in the butt describe the head and face. Some individuals feel pressure in the temples, forehead, or all over, or like me, have a vision disturbance.

Both of my episodes happened in the morning after exactly what’s to have been award deserving jaw-clentch-a-thons in my sleep. Although it isn’t clear if head forward position (HFP) triggers TMJD or TMJD causes HFP, there exists a connected to migraines, and the other 14 classifications of headaches according to the IHS (the International Headache Society). Yes. It exists.

Knowledge is power. Today, rather of freaking out when the all too familiar prisim appeard, I got my ALPHA, my Traditional YTU Balls, and yoga block and gently unlocked my jaw, released my temporalis and masseter, and finished up with the sub-occipitals. Exactly what struck me most had to do with 3 seconds after I started on the temple location, the prism disappeared. Since I’d the ability to do something to help myself, I did not lose it. I did not panic. No ER. No big expense from my clinical insurance coverage.

Embodied anatomy is empowering. We’re so in tune with our students and clients we frequently wait for a problem to appear to tune up our own tissues. Although I tend to my glutes, TFL, psoas, QL, and upper back daily since of the strenuous swimming, biking and running I do, I forgot how trashed these unsung heroes can get. Can I get an amen?

Here are a couple of videos that are sure to help with those bothersome migraines.

  • For neck tension that triggers headaches, attempt the Trapezius Trigger Point Tamer:
  • If you’re a jaw clencher and/or struggle with TMJ, attempt this jaw dropping jaw massage with YTU Educator Holli Rabishaw: